Monday, May 21, 2012

Greek Yogurt, Sour Cream Substitute, Yogurt Dip

About a year ago I got turned on to Greek Yogurt and have since fallen in love with it and use it for all kinds of things. I make yogurt parfaits with it at our Colorado Springs Bed and Breakfast Inn, I make dips with it for chips and veggies, and I use it as a substitute for anything calling for sour cream.

Here are some ideas of what you can do with Greek Yogurt:

Substitute for Sour Cream: Greek yogurt has the same consistency as sour cream, and a very similar taste as well, so whatever recipe calls for sour cream, substitute Greek Yogurt and it's much healthier for you. I use it for a substitute in my Sour Cream Chicken Enchilada Recipe, Stroganoff, Dips, fruit parfaits, and pretty much anything you would use sour cream for. I have not bought sour cream since I started substituting Greek Yogurt for it. Much healthier and you'll never know the difference.
Chip and Veggie Dips: This is one of my favorite uses for Greek yogurt. I admit I am a HUGE chip and dip, & veggie and dip fan. But I no longer use sour cream in my dips, I only use Greek yogurt. It makes it healthier and makes me feel a little less guilty about eating it. Here are some of the things you can add to sour cream to make a fantastic dip for chips and vegetables:
  • Ranch Dip
  • Dried Dill Weed
  • Lipton Onion Soup Mix
  • Chipotle Seasoning
  • Mrs. Dash's Seasonings, there's quite a variety
  • Horseradish and a little Dijon Mustard to go with your Prime Rib
  • Brown Sugar, Peanut Butter, and some softened Cream Cheese is great for dipping apples
Fruit & Yogurt Parfaits: I make fruit and yogurt parfaits at our Bed and Breakfast Inn frequently and our guests gobble them up every time. The Greek yogurt can be a bit tart though, so I sweeten it up with a little Agave Nectar and add a splash of Vanilla Extract for some flavor.

You can pretty much use Greek Yogurt for just about anything. I've also used it my baked recipes such as Coffeecakes, Breads, and Cheesecakes. Be creative, have fun with it, and enjoy divulging a little healthier.

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